An Emoji For Each State

March 28, 2013

What if an emoji could be assigned to each state? Some emoji are obviously associated with certain states: ๐Ÿ—ฝ (Statue of Liberty) for New York, and ๐ŸŒ‰ (Golden Gate Bridge) for California.

Several other states don’t have such iconic emoji, but it was easy enough associating them with an unique emoji: ๐Ÿš˜ (car) for Michigan, and ๐ŸŽฐ (slot machine) for Nevada.

(I know, some of these emoji won’t be viewable on PCs and many non-Apple mobile devices. Allow me a moment to be smug.)

(Ok, smug moment over,)

Back to emoji.

(Yes, emoji is plural for emoji.)

ANYWAY.

I was able to add a few more states to the list after doing some research: where is the Football Hall of Fame? (Answer: Ohio, which gets the ๐Ÿˆ emoji.) What about Thomas Alva Edison’s lab? (New Jersey, which is hereby awarded the ๐Ÿ’ก emoji.) My Twitter followers also helpfully supplied me with a few more ideas.

I still have a few states not yet associated with their own emoji. That’s where I need your help: can you think up the “perfect emoji” for these missing states? Can you think of better emoji for those states already awarded with (ahem, weak) emoji?

Here’s the list of states with emoji I have thus far (with some alternatives as well). I’m starting to forget why some states have the emoji they do, so I’ve helpfully supplied answers at the bottom of this post.

โ„ AK
๐ŸšŒ AL
๐ŸŒต AZ
๐ŸŒ‰ CA
๐Ÿ‚ CO (๐Ÿ—ป)
๐Ÿ“ƒ CT (โœ‚)
๐Ÿผ DC
1โƒฃ DE
๐Ÿš€ FL (๐ŸŠ)
๐Ÿ‘ GA
๐ŸŒ‹ HI
๐Ÿ’Ž ID
๐Ÿ’จ IL
๐Ÿ IN
๐Ÿšœ KS
๐Ÿ‡ KY
๐ŸŽญ LA
๐Ÿ’ช MA (๐Ÿ”ฎ)
โ™‹ MD (๐Ÿข)
๐ŸŒฒ ME
๐Ÿš˜ MI
โ™ˆ MO
๐ŸŒŸ MN
๐Ÿ’ฐ MT
โœˆ NC
๐ŸŒฝ NE
๐Ÿ’ก NJ
๐Ÿ NH
๐Ÿ‘ฝ NM
๐ŸŽฐ NV
๐Ÿ—ฝ NY
๐Ÿˆ OH
๐Ÿ”œ OK
๐ŸŒน OR
๐Ÿ”” PA
๐ŸŒŠ RI
๐ŸŒด SC
๐Ÿ—ฟ SD
๐ŸŽธ TN
โ›ฝ TX (๐Ÿ—ผ)
๐Ÿ UT
๐Ÿšฌ VA
๐Ÿ VT
โ˜” WA
๐Ÿบ WI
๐Ÿ—ป WV
๐ŸŽ WY (๐Ÿ˜ˆ)

(Credit to @stevenhaddox for AZ, UT, and WY. And to awesome @katiecupcake for CT, ID, ME, MN, MT, RI, SD, VT, and WV. Thank you @shannoncooley for NC and SC. @Graystorm thought of the clever emoji for MA. Wish I could remember those who also contributed earlier.)

I still need emoji for these states. Any ideas?

AR
IA
MS
NE
ND

One thing: when I list state abbreviations in alphabetical order, do I still list MA before MD even though, alphabetically, Massachusetts follows Maryland? Hmf.

Another thing: I know DC isn’t a state. Humor me, please.

Lastly, a shout out to Lisa Bonchek Adams. She blogs about her experiences “living with metastatic breast cancer, grief & loss, life, and family.” I’ve shed tears reading her searingly honest and courageous posts, and in fact I haven’t finished (and couldn’t finish) reading one of them: The Hardest Conversation. My favorite of her posts so far is the stupid things people say to those with cancer and their families.

In spite of (or perhaps because) of living with cancer, she finds the time and energy to be a mother, wife, AND social media rock star. I follow her on Twitter (she’s @adamslisa) and love how she engages with her followers.

She blogs several times a week. I haven’t blogged in a year or more. WTF, Proud Geek!? Hence this post, hopefully the first of many more.

Thank you, Lisa, for being an inspiration to me.

Some select answers (after all, I don’t want to make this TOO easy for you!):

๐ŸšŒ AL – Rosa Parks in Selma, AL
๐Ÿ“ƒ CT – Constitution State. Or, Cut (โœ‚)
๐Ÿผ DC – Pandas are the main exhibit at the National Zoo
๐Ÿ‘ GA – The Peach State
๐Ÿ’Ž ID – The Gem State
โ™‹ MD – Horoscope sign for Cancer, which also means crabs. And MD is for Crab lovers.
๐ŸŒฒ ME – The Pine Tree State
๐ŸŒŸ MN – The North Star State
โ™ˆ MO – Saint Louis Rams football team.
๐ŸŒฝ NE – The Cornhusker State
๐Ÿ’ก NJ – Thomas Edison (inventor of the light bulb)’s lab in NJ
๐Ÿ NH – Don’t Tread on Me snake flag
๐Ÿ‘ฝ NM – Roswell aliens. Enough said?
๐Ÿ”œ OK – The Sooner State
๐ŸŒน OR – Portland Rose Garden / Festival
๐ŸŒŠ RI – Ocean State
๐ŸŒด SC – Palmetto State (and a palm tree on its flag)
๐Ÿ—ฟ SD – Hoping this looks enough like Mt. Rushmore to persuade you
๐Ÿ’ฐ MT – The Treasure State
๐Ÿ UT – The Beehive State
๐Ÿ—ป WV – The Mountain State
๐Ÿ˜ˆ WY – Devils Tower (featured in the Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

My favorite toy store, the Dancing Bear Toy Store in downtown Frederick wondered if I could use the iPhoneย Sorenson BuzzCards app (see my last post) to order a whole sh… Uh.. Lots of stuff from the toy store.

Sure, Ms. Bear! Here you go:

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* My lawyer made me add this: purely in jest. Not to be construed as a legally binding offer.

Arrgggghhhh!

July 15, 2010

Methinks I’m having too much fun with my Palm Pre and the various photo touch-up apps available on it. 

Here’s one, using gems from the Palm Pre’s Camera Fun! app:

And here’s myself looking a bit, well, puzzled (via Pre’s Photo Effects Plus app):

Puzzled Josh

To make this photo of a shark eating lil scared me, I simply used the “Change Frame” option on the Photo Point app. 

More self-mocking photos coming soon! :-)

While shopping for camping and yard supplies at Wal-Mart (yes, I admit I shop there) a few months ago, I came across this gem:

Packaging Mistake

The foldable table itself? Naw, nothing special. What’s special is the display packaging. Instead of the Spanish translation, the packaging says, “Spanish Here” under the title and repeatedly under the description. 

Somewhere, a designer is crying in her or his cubicle …

With thanks to cartoonist Shane Johnson who drew this for the Official Palm Blog.ย  (Jenny, this is for YOU!)

Swatch + Benz = smart

September 25, 2008

Did you know that the Swatch watch company originally came up with the concept for the smart (yes, “smart” is in all lower case) car, and then paired with Daimer Benz to actually produce these cars?ย  I didn’t till this morning.ย  In fact, the name “smart” is an acronym for Swatch Mercedes ARTย  (Hmm, what does A.R.T. stand for?ย  I don’t know, and Google ain’t helpful.)

While I’m at it, here’re some stats and tech specs on the smart fortwo, mostly from its FAQs:

  • There are three models — the smart fortwo pure coupe starts at $11,590, the smart fortwo passion coupe starts at $13,590, and the smart fortwo passion cabriolet starts at $16,590.
  • The top speed of a smart car is 90 mph.
  • The smart fortwo mileage is 33 city/41 highway mpg.
  • Smart’s website states that, according to fueleconomy.gov, the smart fortwo is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline-powered vehicle in the USA today.
  • The gas tank of the smart fortwo is 8.7 gallons.
  • The smart fortwo is 8.8 feet long (you can usually fit two smart fortwos in an average parking space), 5.1 feet tall (the smart still has as much headroom as most luxury vehicles), and 5.1 feet wide (roominess is a ‘WOW’ factor!)
  • The smart fortwo has an innovative tridion safety cell design that keeps occupants safe during crashes by re-distributing crash energy.ย  Plus, four airbags are provided.
  • The “base” smart model — the smart fortwo pure — has:

standard with convenience features such as a 5-speed automated manual transmission with manual or automatic mode, central remote locking system, 2-spoke leather steering wheel, radio-ready console, and more.ย  Air conditioning, power windows and alloy wheels are optional. Be sure to check out the passion coupe and passion cabriolet that offer more standard features at an outstanding value.

  • The next higher smart model — the smart fortwo passion — includes:

all the features described on the pure, plus much more. Additional standard equipment includes a panorama roof, alloy wheels, air conditioning with climate control, 3-spoke leather sports steering wheel with shift paddles, power windows, electric and heated side mirrors, and AM/FM radio with CD player.

  • The top smart model — the smart fortwo passion cabriolet — has:

all the features of the passion coupe plus an upgraded radio and sound system that includes an mp3 compatible in-dash 6-disk CD changer. The main difference lies in the soft top with a heated rear glass window that is fully automatic and can be infinitely adjusted to any position while driving at any speed. For the full cabriolet experience, simply remove the side roof bars – taken out in no time – and stow them in a special compartment in the tailgate.

Sometimes it’s better not knowing what goes into our dessert.

I recently got a babysitter for our two daughters and took my beloved out on a dinner date to Danielle’s, an Italian restaurant in the Shab Row area of Frederick, MD.ย  Delicious appetizers, good entrees.

And dessert?ย  OMG.ย  We ordered the Banana Foster.ย  Our waitress rolled up a small table laden with a small portable gas stove, a skillet, several dishes, and several bottles of wine.ย  She then pitched an absolutely gigantic pat of butter, probably equal to two entire sticks, into the skillet.ย  That much butter?!ย  I gasped, and she sent an apologetic glance my way as if she was saying, “I know, clogs your artery, but wait, it’ll be worth it.”

But that wasn’t the worst of it.ย  After melting the butter down, she took a bowl with what seemed like two cups of brown sugar, and upended the contents into the skillet.ย ย  The butter and brown sugar simmered and bubbled while she stirred.ย  She liberally poured some Creme de Banana (or something like that) liquer into the gooey mix, and stirred some more.

For the piรจce de rรฉsistance, she poured some rum on it and tipped the bowl toward the flames.ย  The entire concoction went up into flames!ย  No, only the top layer of rum – yet it was a pretty picture nonetheless. After the flames subsided, she then plopped four long banana slices into the skillet.ย  She stirred the whole mess, making sure the banana sides were coated with the viscious liquid.

Another waiter brought us a bowl with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, and our waitress poured and scooped the entire contents of the skillet onto the ice cream – amazingly managing not to dribble onto the sides.

Voila.ย  Our absolutely fabulously sinful Banana Foster!ย  It was delicious, lasted maybe a minute and a half, and the perfect finale to our date.

Well, at least till we went shopping.ย  Now, that was the perfect ending to our date.

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